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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Cugat Plays Continental Hits



Cugat Plays Continental Hits
Mercury Wing WC 16345

Petite Fleur
Never On Sunday
Sucu Sucu
Wonderland By Night
The Poor People Of Paris
Come Prima

The Nearness Of You - Patti Page


I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance

Patti Page
The Nearness Of You
Mercury Records MG 20952

From Billboard - October 3, 1964: Patti brings back 12 romantic favorites with the same find, direct quality that has endeared her to millions for so many years. Among the tunes are "Where Or When," "Try A Little Tenderness" and "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie," Patti devotes the album to lovers everywhere – and aren't we all, especially when listening to the great Patti? Should do very well commercially.

The Nearness Of You
Where Or When
Soft Lights And Sweet Music
Spring Is Here
Deep In A Dream
Try A Little Tenderness
It All Depends On You
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Why Don't You Believe Me
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
Darn That Dream

Duane Eddy In Person


Peter Gunn

Duane Eddy And The Rebels 
In Person
Produced by Lester Sill and Lee Hazelwood
Album Production: Paul Fien
Jamie Records STEREO JLP 70-3025 (ST-900663)

From Billboard - June 8, 1963: For some time Duane Eddy has been with another label, but the passing of several years have not dimmed the excitement of his earlier Jamie material. In fact, the older sides are very close in concept to the surf sound which features the gutty guitar. This collection has one of his biggest early hits, "Rebel Rouser," along with "Up And Down," "I Almost Lost My Mind," "Komotion," "Hard Times" and "Moovin' N' Groovin'." Live audience sounds behind the tracks contribute a measure of extra excitement.

Peter Gunn
Hard Times
Moovin' N' Groovin'
Up And Down
I Almost Lost My Mind
Somem Kind Of Earthquake 
Rebel Rouser

Alan Jones Sings For A Man And A Woman


A Man And A Woman

Allan Jones Sings For A Man And A Woman
Cover Photo and Design: Burt Goldblatt
Recorded at Scepter Recording Studios, New York
* Engineer: John Lakata
All other songs recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Scepter Records STEREO SRM 566
An Art Tref Production

*The Impossible Dream
Gianinna Mia
*I'm Old Fashioned
Woman In Love
Blue Velvet
*Born Free
It's A Grand Night For Singing
This Is My Beloved
*A Man And A Woman
Donkey Serenade

The Now Of Then! - Lana Cantrell


The Man I Love

The Now Of Then!
Lana Cantrell
Produced by Mike Berniker
Arranged and Conducted by Chuck Sagle
Photos: Jerry Yulsman
Special Effects: Bobby Stevens
Recorded in RCA's Studio B, New York City
Recording Engineer: Mike Moran
RCA Victor STEREO LSP-4121

From Billboard - March 15, 1969: Miss Cantrell starts off this Chuck Sagle arranged and conducted LO with an exciting "Those Were The Days," on which she takes the varied beats with ease. Other songs include a honky-tonk version of "Your Mother Should Know," a dramatic "When The World Was Young" and a flying "Mr. Bojangles."

This Were The Days
Your Mother Should Know
When The World Was Young (Ah, The Apple Tree)
I Don't Like Liking You
The Man I Love
Mr. Bojangles
Don't Tell Mamma (from the musical "Cabaret")
Falling In Love Again (Can't Help It)
Didn't We
Goodnight Sweetheart

Friday, August 20, 2021

The Magnificent XII - The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin


Unchained Melody

The Magnificent XII
The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin
Producer: Si Waronker
Engineer: Eddie Brackett
Liberty Premier Records LSS-14004

From Billboard - February 13, 1961: Maestro Slatkin, who recently experienced some success on the singles charts, comes up with his second fine mood music package in Liberty's new Premiere series of super-sound sets. Taking a cue from the pic title themes, most of them from movies, including "Laura," "The Sundowners," "Never On A Sunday," "Smile" and the non-movie, "Last Date," Material is lushly orchestra for strings and chorus and the sound is handsome. Die-cut cover, too, is a standout. This can do business.

Unchained Melody
The Magnificent VII
My Own True Love
Last Date
Where Is Your Heart
Theme From The Sundowners
Never On Sunday
Night Theme
It's Not Forever

The Crickets


Come On

The Crickets
Producer: Buzz Cason
Arrangements by Leon Russell & Ernie Freeman
Engineers: "Bones" Howe & Eddie Brackett
Cover Design & Photography: Studio Five
Liberty Records LRP-3351

From the back cover: I've known the Crickets for the past six years, and I've worked many shows with them. Invariably they have "stopped" those shows. They've toured the U.S., Europe and Canada, made appearances on such national TV shows as "American Bandstand" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" and in 1963 they made a movie in England entitled "Just For Fun"! So you can see that The Crickets are worth chirping about!

Jerry Allison, the founder and leader of the group, started in the music business with Buddy Holly, with whom he collaborated in the writing of such hits as "Peggy Sue" and "That'll Be The Day." Jerry, a tremendous drummer, also sings background on several songs in this album.

Sonny Curtis is the guy who plays the swinging lead guitar. Sonny is responsible for penning such hits as "Walk Right Back" (recorded by the Everly Brothers).

Our man on piano is the versatile Glenn Hardin. He also doubles on the clavietta and the newly developed Fender-Rhodes piano-bass. His shenanigans on the 88 never fail to astonish audiences everywhere.

Last and far from least, we round out the Crickets with good looking, personable Jerry Naylor – lead singer extraordinarie. He turns in excellent performances on songs like "Come On" and the hit Cricket single, "Lonely Avenue." He's considered by many musicians to be the best Stateside wailer of that movin' grooving' Liverpool Sound. – Sam Riddle, KFWB - Hollywood

I Want To Hold Your Hand
California Sun
She Loves You
A Fool Never Learns
Slippin' And Slidin'
I Saw Her Standing There
Lonely Avenue
Please, Please Me
From Me To You
You Can't Be In-Between
Come On

Guilty Of Love! - Johnny Desmond



Guilty Of Love!
Johnny Desmond
With Page Cavanaugh Trio 
Russ Case and His Orchestra
RCA Camden CAL 299

I'll Close My Eyes
Just Plain Love
If It's True
I Don't Know Enough About You
Do You Love Me
You Stole My Heart
In Love In Vain
Don't You Remember Me
In The Eyes Of Irish Children 
In The Moon Mist
Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hi-Fi Harmonica - Leo Diamond

Chinese Junk Boat

Hi-Fi Harmonica
Leo Diamond
Produced by Hugo and Luigi
Cover Photo: Lester Krauss
Roulette R-25019

From Billboard - November 4, 1957: Here's a set that can click with harmonica fans. Diamond's technique is highly listenable on a series of standards that range from romantic ballads to Latin-American numbers. Selections include "Mam'selle," " Dolores" and "The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful."

Moonlight On The Ganges
Chinese Junk Boat
C'est Season
Do I Love You
Speak Easy
The White Cliffs Of Dover
The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful
Nearly Midnight 

Monday, August 16, 2021

The Sunset Strings Play The Roy Orbison Songbook


Dream Baby

The Sunset Strings Play
The Roy Orbison Songbook
Producer: "Snuff" Garrett
Engineer: Eddie Brackett
Cover Design: Studio Five
Liberty Records LRP-3395

From Billboard - December 12, 1964: This package follows the current trend of dishing out lush instrumental versions of songs made popular by vocalists. Roy Orbison has a lot of hits to his credit and even though these instrumental treatments lack the spark of the original, they serve a purpose.

Running Scared
Oh, Pretty Woman
It's Over
Only The Lonely
Blue Bayou
Dream Baby
I'm Hurtin'
Candy Man
Blue Angel

Where Did They Go - Peggy Lee

My Sweet Lord

Where Did They Go
Peggy Lee
Produced by Snuff Garrett for Garrett Music Enterprises
Arranged by Don Sebesky & Al Capps
Hair Styling by Brue Vanderhoff
Engineers: Phil Ramone & Thorne Norgar
Photography: John Engstead
Capitol Records ST-810

Where Did They Go
My Rock And Foundation
Help Me Make It Through The Night
All I Want
I Don't Know How To Love Him
Goodbye Again
I Was Born In Love With You
Losing My Mind
My Sweet Lord

Cookin' With Katie - Katie Laur

Lovesick Blues

Cookin' With Katie
The Katie Laur Band
Produced by Lou Ukelson
Engineers: Rusty York & Harry Urshel
Art Direction: Chuck Good
Photography: Mimi Fuller
Recorded at Jewel Recording Studio - Cincinnati, Ohio
Kitchen by Michael Astalos
Aprons from Keller's Market
Vetco Records - Cincinnati, Ohio
Vetco 3028


Katie Laur
Jeff Roberts
Jeff Terflinger
Buddy Griffin


Rich Flaig - Bass Fiddle
Jeff Terflinger - Mandolin
Jeff Roberts: Banjo
Buddy Griffin - Guitar & Fiddle
Curl Snail - Fiddle

Little Bessie
Where I'm Bound
If That's The Way You Feel
Wasted Love
New York Ramblin'
He'll Have To Go
Lovesick Blues
Sweet Dixie
It Rains Just The same In Missouri
Sweet Sir Galahad